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Local Technical Official

The Local Technical Official (LTO) course is the first step on the British Triathlon officiating pathway.


This qualification is aimed at individuals who are interested in becoming a volunteer Technical Official and has been designed to provide attendees with the knowledge required to begin officiating, as well as covering the soft skills needed to develop as an official.

The training is made up of:

  • A full day course
  • An associated open-book knowledge tester
  • Online course workbook
  • The completion of four shadows of qualified Technical Officials

For a full overview of the qualification process please click here

Local Technical Official courses take place in the off season each year. The next courses will take place between January and April 2024. The course calendar will be available from December onwards, but until then, please email [email protected] to register your interest, providing your name, email address and location.

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Course Content

The course focuses on the fundamentals of officiating identifying the specific requirements of the role and introducing the soft skills which help individuals become successful officials, including:

  • The Role of Local Technical Official and Triathlon
    • Race briefings
    • Transition area
    • Children's events
    • Paratriathlon
  • Ways of Officiating
  • Communication
  • Conflict Management
  • Performance Evaluation & Goal Setting

Role Descriptor

Following the successful completion of both the theoretical and practical elements candidates will be eligible to be the Chief Technical Official at pool based triathlon and aquathlon events along with duathlons, including children's and paratriathlon events. 

They are also qualified to be an Assistant Technical Official at open water events.


To attend the course candidates must:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age


As volunteers, qualified Local Technical Officials are entitled to receive reimbursement for expenses incurred for attending events, which are claimed directly from the Event Organiser. The British Triathlon Officials Expenses Policy can be found in the Officiating Resources section.

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